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The following Leaders & Allies have agreed to “Captain” tables in 2020:

Beatrice Faumuina ONZM OLY, Board Member, Sport New Zealand

Beatrice needs little introduction as an accomplished Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist. She is a former Trade Commissioner and Consul General (New York) for NZ Trade and Enterprise, and Senior Adviser in Pacific Connections for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Beatrice was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 2019 and in January 2020, was the first Pasifika women to ever be appointed to the board of Sport New Zealand.

Peter Miskimmin, Chief Executive, Sport New Zealand

Peter has a wealth of experience as an athlete, coach and sports leader. He was appointed Chief Executive of Sport NZ in 2008 and during his time has led a significant step change in community sport thinking and implementation. Peter has led the Sport NZ response to the Government’s strategy for “Women and Girls in Sport and Recreation”, committing more than $10 million of new investment across the three pillars of “Leadership”, “Participation” and “Visibility and Value”.

Michael Scott, Chief Executive, High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ)

Michael took over as Chief Executive of HPSNZ in early 2018, following a 3-year stint as Chief Executive at Rowing Australia. He quickly made his mark, bringing in a raft of changes to improve efficiency. In October 2019, HPSNZ announced it will invest $2.7 million into a ‘Women in High Performance Sport Pilot Project’. It is designed to correct the under-representation of women in high performance leadership and coaching roles by creating the right environment and opportunities.

Kereyn Smith, Chief Executive and Secretary General, the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC)

Kereyn is amongst one of New Zealand’s most recognisable sports administrators, having led the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games campaigns since 2011. Kereyn was involved in the establishment of the IWG in 1994 and since then, as continued to promote gender equity. In 2015, the NZOC became the first National Olympic Committee (NOC) to win the IOC ‘Women in Sport’ World Trophy. Kereyn is an original Foundation Member of Women in Sport Aotearoa.

Fiona Allan, Chief Executive and Secretary General, Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ)

Since October 2007, Fiona has worked to steadily develop the Paralympic Movement in New Zealand. She is a passionate advocate for Para sport, from grassroots, up the pathway to the Paralympic Games. She works on the international stage and in 2019, she joined the International Paralympic Committee ‘Women in Sport’ Committee and was also nominated onto the IOC Olympic Channel Commission. Fiona also joined the IWG Global Executive in 2019.

David White, Chief Executive, New Zealand Cricket (NZC)

Chief Executive since 2012, David has overseen one of the largest growth and change periods in NZC history. Many will remember the independent Women & Cricket Report in 2016. It showed that women had “virtually no voice in governance or leadership of the game”. Fast forward three years, and NZ Cricket is now leading the way for equity. In 2019, NZC announced a landmark agreement with the White Ferns and female players, taking the women’s game professional.

Andrea Nelson, Chief Executive, ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021

Andrea has an extensive track record of overseeing complex projects in New Zealand and abroad. In June 2019, she took up the mantle of Chief Executive with the newly created local organising committee of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021. Taking place across six host cities – Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin – between 6 February and 7 March 2021, this tournament is expected to be the biggest yet, with 180m+ global viewers.

Nick Sautner, Chief Executive, Eden Park

Nick was appointed Chief Executive in November 2017, after 18 months as General Manager – Commercial. Already a showcase venue for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 and the Rugby World Cup 2021 (women’s), Eden Park is taking a leadership role across the industry, driving equality in the venue’s change room design to be gender appropriate and fit for purpose. This will have a significant impact on the experience of the women who perform at the Park.

Brent Impey, Chairman, New Zealand Rugby (NZR)

Brent was appointed to the NZR Board in 2012. He has both played and coached rugby and was closely involved in many broadcast and sponsorship issues as Chief Executive of Mediaworks from 1999-2009. In late 2016, NZ Rugby undertook an independent ‘Respect & Responsibility‘ Review, which reported directly into Brent. Six key focus areas were recommended, including achieving gender equality. NZR has now established a long-term plan for positive cultural change.

Michelle Hooper, Tournament Director, Rugby World Cup 2021 (women’s)

Michelle was appointed Tournament Director of RWC 2021 (women) in early 2020. Taking place in Auckland and Northland from 18 September – 16 October 2021, this will be the first time women’s teams have contested a RWC in the Southern Hemisphere. Michelle has 20 years’ experience in major event delivery. Most recently, she led Team Services planning for the Rugby World Cup 2019 (men) in Japan and has held leadership positions in global football and triathlon.

Johanna Wood, President, New Zealand Football (NZF)

Johanna was elected the first female President of NZF in April 2019, one of only a handful amongst FIFA’s 211 member associations. This followed her election in March 2019 as an Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Member of the FIFA Council, the strategic body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football. Johanna is leading change at NZF, following an independent review, and is also overseeing NZ’s joint bid with Australia for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Andrew Pragnell, Chief Executive, New Zealand Football (NZF)

Andrew stepped into the role of acting Chief Executive in July 2018, and was confirmed in May 2019. Andrew’s fresh and inclusive approach has already set a new tone for the organisation and its relationships with stakeholders, as he implements changes recommended in a 2018 independent review. The Football Ferns, and women’s development as a whole, have now been made a priority. Andrew is working closely on the joint bid for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Jennie Wyllie, Chief Executive, Netball New Zealand

Jennie has just marked 10 years with Netball NZ, starting out as Head of Finance, Strategy & Services before moving to Chief Executive in July 2016. Widely credited as having turned the Silver Ferns’ fortunes around by bringing Coach Noeline Taurua back into the fold, 2019 proved her wisdom – the Silver Ferns won the Netball World Cup for the first time since 2003. Netball is the biggest participation sport for girls and women in Aotearoa New Zealand, with 350k+ players.

Claire Beard, Chief Executive, Triathlon New Zealand

Claire became Chief Executive in April 2017. She leads and enables the delivery of triathlon in Aotearoa New Zealand and is one of very few female leaders of a National Sporting Organisation (NSO). Prior to her tenure, the sport had gone through a difficult period. Claire has been instrumental in leading it back to a position of both performance and financial success, including a bronze medal at the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the first medal in over 10 years. 

Shelley McMeeken, Chief Executive, Halberg Foundation

Shelley has been a leader in sport for more than 20 years, with positions including Chief Executive of Netball New Zealand and directorships across football and triathlon. In September 2015, she became Chief Executive of the Halberg Foundation, which enhances the lives of physically disabled young people by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation. Shelley works to ensure that disabled teenagers and young girls in Aotearoa have choice and equity of opportunity.


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